General Education

The San Damiano General Education curriculum is a new endeavor on the part of the faculty of the University of Saint Francis to better to integrate the Franciscan values, with the cultivation of knowledge, intellectual skills, and attitudes designed to incorporate liberal arts into the personal and professional lives of students culminating in a commitment to life-long learning.

The name of our curriculum comes from the San Damiano Cross of Assisi, Italy. This curriculum divides courses into one of five types: iConnect, capstone, academic skills, disciplines and Franciscan values. The first year seminar or iConnect is and introduction to university studies. Skills courses develop those academic skills which are essential to university level studies. The discipline specific courses introduce students to the method and content of various fields of study. The Franciscan Values courses are designed to create a community of faithful learners by instilling an understanding of the Franciscan spiritual tradition, while exposing students to issues of social justice and care for creation. Finally, the capstone is a place of integration where the knowledge, skills and values gained in the general education and the student’s particular major are brought to bear in an original project. Each course in the San Damiano curriculum has its own particular general education outcomes (GEOs) associated with it.

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR

iConnect

Applying Franciscan Values: Integrate understanding of the Franciscan tradition into one’s own life and disciplinary context.

Information Literacy: Identify an information need, find and evaluate resources, and incorporate new information into one’s current knowledge.

SKILLS

Composition and Rhetoric

Written Communication: Communicate effectively through writing for specific audiences.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness: Construct evidence-based lifestyle strategies to achieve and maintain health and wellness.

Rhetoric and Research

Written Communication: Communicate effectively through writing for specific audiences.

Information Literacy: Identify an information need, find and evaluate resources, and incorporate new information into one’s current knowledge.

Public Communication

Public Communication: Utilize effective listening and speaking skills to organize and deliver information to specific audiences.

Writing Intensive

Written Communication: Communicate effectively through writing for specific audiences.

Information Literacy: Identify an information need, find and evaluate resources, and incorporate new information into one’s current knowledge.

DISCIPLINES

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences: Analyze human behavior within a social context by means of recognized theory and research.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts: Interpret the human experience as conveyed through creative expression in the visual or performing arts.

History

History: Analyze developments of the human past within a defined context using the skills and methodology of historical study.

Literature

Literature: Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the self through reading and writing about literature.

Mathematics

Mathematics: Apply mathematical skills to problem solving.

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences: Demonstrate scientific reasoning to explain the natural world.

Philosophy

Philosophy: Analyze assumptions about reality and life by engaging the philosophical tradition.

Theology

Theology: Examine the particular ways in which theology engages in the pursuit of truth.

FRANCISCAN VALUES

Franciscan Tradition

Applying Franciscan Values: Integrate understanding of the Franciscan Values into one’s own life and/or a disciplinary context.

Franciscan Tradition: Reflect theologically on the lives of Francis and Clare and the movement they founded in dialogue with one’s own life.

Care for Creation

Applying Franciscan Values: Integrate understanding of the Franciscan Values into one’s own life and/or a disciplinary context.

Care for Creation: Examine our responsibility to care for creation as our common home.

Social Justice

Applying Franciscan Values: Integrate understanding of the Franciscan Values into one’s own life and/or a disciplinary context.

Social Justice: Examine local, national, and/or global social justice issues from a variety of perspectives, including Catholic Social Teaching.

CAPSTONE

Major Specific Capstone

Applying Franciscan Values: Integrate understanding of the Franciscan Values into one’s own life and/or a disciplinary context.

Information Literacy: Identify an information need, find and evaluate resources, and incorporate new information into one’s current knowledge.

Written Communication: Communicate effectively through writing for specific audiences.